A group of advocates will be sending Donald Trump and members of his administration a yearbook that memorializes 37 people killed in school shootings in the U.S. in 2018. The yearbook will also be sent to the 2020 presidential candidates.
The advocates want to ensure that lawmakers receive the yearbooks before the 7th anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting that took place in 2012 in Newton, Connecticut. The shooting took place on Dec. 14 and claimed the lives of six teachers and 20 children.
A Twitter page will be created to engage politicians about the yearbook and bring attention to “an ongoing tragedy.”
Scarlett Lewis, who lost her son, Jesse, Julia Cordover, student body president at the time of the 2018 Parkland school shooting; and three nonprofit organizations – Search For Common Ground, Amani Project and COMMON worked together to create the project.
“The time has come for each of us to be part of the solution when we know the question is not if, but when there will be another tragedy,” Lewis said.
“It is one thing to empathize with the victims and feel their pain, but quite another to actively do something to keep our kids safe. 2018 was the deadliest year on record for school shootings. The yearbook is a physical reminder that we are accountable for our children’s safety and a call to uphold that responsibility,” she added.
“Gun violence in schools is a national epidemic, as the shocking number of gun-related incidents in 2018 plainly shows,” organizers said in the statement. “One hundred and fourteen children and adults were shot, killed or injured at American schools during the year alone.”
There are no plans to make the yearbook available to the public, but organizers have scheduled a public exhibition on Wednesday, December 11, at the DUMBO Building in Brooklyn at 126 Front Street. The exhibition will run through Dec. 29. The exhibit will allow visitors the opportunity to share their thoughts and help “turn pain into anger and action.”
Julie Cordover’s cousin, Andrew Goldin, came up with the idea to create the yearbook.
“It came to life with the help of Bogusky. Lewis, Cordover and Amani Projects quickly joined the initiative with the common goal of bringing much-needed attention to an ongoing tragedy,” a statement about the project says.
“Gun violence in schools is a national epidemic, as the shocking number of gun-related incidents in 2018 plainly shows,” the organizers say. “114 children and adults were shot, killed or injured at American schools during the year alone. The acceptable amount is zero, yet these numbers continue to grow”
Organizers hope the project will help stop gun violence. To learn more about the project visit the advocate’s website here: www.the2018yearbook.com.